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For the first time in 40 years carbon emissions stop rising

According to the International Energy Agency, last year global emissions were unchanged. This happened for the first time during a period of economic growth in four decades.

Carbon-dioxide emissions were stable at 32,3 billion metric tons, even as the global economy advanced 3 percent, citing preliminary estimates, the Paris-based agency said today in a statement on its website.

China, the world’s biggest emitter, generated more of its electricity from renewable sources including hydropower, solar and wind and less from coal.

The IEA said, the efforts to slow climate change may be more effective than expected. United Nations envoys are holding a series of meetings through the end of this year and try to seal a global deal limiting greenhouse gases in the period after 2020.

For the first time, greenhouse gas emissions are decoupling from economic growth. The news is a surprise after coal prices fell last year.

Source: 16 March 2015